Rebels miffed over Shettar's inaction

He has let us down at the meeting, allege his followers

Sources in the rebel camp said that Shettar, being the member of the co-ordination committee (also known as core committee) should have insisted that the certain ministers should be dropped from the Cabinet to accommodate them. The rebel camp was expecting at least C T Ravi, A Ramdas, Narayanaswamy and Renukacharya would be able to get into the Cabinet along with Shettar.

It is learnt that soon after the BJPLP meeting, Ramdas met Shettar and expressed his dissatisfaction over the manner in which Shettar ‘let his followers down’. It is said that as a pressure building tactic, the rebels, who are 10 to 12 in numbers, may keep off from the coming Legislature session. “Shettar is today a minister because we all stood by him. We will work out our strategy after December 23,” a rebel MLA said.

A senior minister on the core committee said, “Any changes effected now will be like inviting problems. There are too many aspirants and all can’t be accommodated.”

The rebel group of MLAs including Renukacharya, Belur Gopalakrishna and Sampangi, led by Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy held talks with Delhi leaders –– Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, before the core panel meeting began to pressurise them to drop Basavaraj Bommai from the panel, as he is a new-comer to the party. As a result of this, the core committee meeting began one hour behind schedule.

The leaders pacified the Reddy gang by assuring them that the demand would be considered while reconstituting the committee. Presently, State Party President Sadananda Gowda heads the panel. The panel may be reconstituted after his retirement in December.

Beluru Gopalakrishna appealed to Arun Jaitley to revoke the suspension of KGF MLA Y Sampangi. The party suspended him after he was arrested by the Lokayukta police in a graft case.

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